Up to now, the most recent record in this blog has been 25 years old. Here's one that was released less than a month ago - not coincidentally, on the day Donald Trump was inaugurated as president of the United States. Randy Newman wrote "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country" during the George W. Bush administration, after the disastrous invasion of Iraq. Suddenly the song seems relevant again.
"A Few Words" is performed by only Newman's voice and piano; his new song, "Putin," is given an elaborate orchestral arrangement, complete with female background singers, the "Putin girls." The connection to the earlier song and to the current world situation is obvious, and it's equally obvious why Newman chose to release this seven-inch 45 RPM single on Inauguration Day.